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Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker Black

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth tr... Read More

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Overview

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp's reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb's single 10" Celestion TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.

Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (30-Watt speakers) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. It features reduced negative feedback for a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness.The 68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup. ˜65 Reissues have the same "Blackface" tone circuit on both sides. The 68 Princeton Reverb has only one channel so it features the "bassman" tone circuit.

Who's it for: Players that love their amps to break up a little sooner, rock players, alternative players that like something a little different, players that use pedals, and players that love the look of "Silverface" amps.

Features
  • 12 watts of all-tube power
  • Single channel with reverb and tremolo
  • Modified tone circuit and reduced negative feedback
Specifications
  • Electronics
    Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 12 watts
    Inputs: Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)
    Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
    Channels: One
    Rectifier: Tube (1 x 5AR4)
    Hardware
    Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
    Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
    Front Panel: Silverface Style
    Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.13cm)
    Amplifier Width: 19.875" (50.5cm)
    Amplifier Height: 16" (40.6cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 34lb. (15.7kg)
    Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
    Speakers
    Speaker: One - 10" Celestion TEN 30
    Impedance: 8 ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (3 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AT7)
    Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x 6V6)
    Miscellaneous
    Unique Features: Modified Princeton Reverb circuit with all-tube circuitry, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth.
    Accessories
    FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
    Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
    Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic Fender Tube Break Up with Blowing the Roof Off!

I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I...Read complete review

I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I set out looking to get a vintage SF or BF Fender, but the challenge would be volume. I stumbled across this little Princeton at GC and gave it a whirl. Immediately after plugging in a Tele and hitting it hard I was sold. This amped is voiced a bit different than the Princeton ReIssue. The Break Up occurs earlier and the amp sounds more Bassman like. You can still get that great Fender Clean sound and of course real Fender Reverb! Very Versatile, I have ben using it for White Stripes, Black Keys, Nirvana, RHCP, Classic Rock, etc... So glad Fender came out with this beauty. It fills in the gap where a low wattage amp gets classic Fender Tube AMP cranked qualities without having to play in a stadium. Of course you could get a vintage Champ, or Princeton, but having a brand new AMP at 1/2 the cost of the Boutique amps and with no reliability concerns of a vintage. I just couldn't pass it up. Fender hit a hime run.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Must have got a bad demo in the store

I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work...Read complete review

I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work properly. When I tried out the reverb (switched it in via the footswitch), it was either all in, or all out. The reverb adjust knob did nothing. I asked for assistance from a GC employee, however they could not get it to work properly either. When he went to check for another one in stock he disappeared. Come on GC up your game. Have good stuff in the demo area, and when an employee says he'll check on stock have them follow through. I cannot recommend this amp due to the bad reverb circuit. Says something about Fender quality control.

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5.0

Incredible '60s sound

By db

from Modesto, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

    As noted by others, it does start to break up after volume level 4, which can be countered somewhat by adjusting which pickups you are using and by reducing the gain on any pedals. But clean and clear under 4.5 for in-house use. Maybe some musicians like the breakup; it's just not my thing.

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    5.0

    Wow, great amp!

    By The Jam

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

      Great amp! Awesome break up and warmth when volume is turned up past 5.

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      5.0

      What an awesome amp!

      By NGuitarman5

      from Kingston, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        I use the amp to gig with, but mostly for recording. At this point, I have nothing bad to say about the amp. I am very pleased with it.

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        5.0

        I love it !

        By Andrew

        from Anaheim

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

          Sound good.

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          5.0

          '68 Princeton Reverb Amp

          By the Oz

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

            This amp has the classic Fender sound. The sound is clear, warm, versatile and a great value.

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            5.0

            My Amp Search is Complete

            By Nexus6Andy

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

              This amp sounds amazing right out of the box. The 12watts is powerful enough for a full band rehearsal, with drums, bass, and another guitarist. Mic'd, it's also plenty powerful enough for shows. The low wattage also allows amp breakup at a lower volume, so I no longer have to go deaf cranking an amp to a ridiculous volume.
              A versatile amp that sounds beyond fantastic, I've never been this happy with an amp purchase before!

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              5.0

              '68 Custom Princeton Reverb delivers that sweet tone!

              By Homey Jones Jr.

              from Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                This little amp is amazing! It's a lot louder than you would think. In a chill jam session (funk, blues & soul) it will hold its own. The break up is great. Reverb is terrific. The vibrato is really sweet. You can't go wrong with this little gem!

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                (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Must have got a bad demo in the store

                By Greg

                from Fairfax Virginia

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Warmth
                • Great clean sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Reliability

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                  I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work properly. When I tried out the reverb (switched it in via the footswitch), it was either all in, or all out. The reverb adjust knob did nothing. I asked for assistance from a GC employee, however they could not get it to work properly either. When he went to check for another one in stock he disappeared. Come on GC up your game. Have good stuff in the demo area, and when an employee says he'll check on stock have them follow through. I cannot recommend this amp due to the bad reverb circuit. Says something about Fender quality control.

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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Classic Fender Tube Break Up with Blowing the Roof Off!

                  By Robert Nahorski

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                  I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I set out looking to get a vintage SF or BF Fender, but the challenge would be volume. I stumbled across this little Princeton at GC and gave it a whirl. Immediately after plugging in a Tele and hitting it hard I was sold. This amped is voiced a bit different than the Princeton ReIssue. The Break Up occurs earlier and the amp sounds more Bassman like. You can still get that great Fender Clean sound and of course real Fender Reverb! Very Versatile, I have ben using it for White Stripes, Black Keys, Nirvana, RHCP, Classic Rock, etc... So glad Fender came out with this beauty. It fills in the gap where a low wattage amp gets classic Fender Tube AMP cranked qualities without having to play in a stadium. Of course you could get a vintage Champ, or Princeton, but having a brand new AMP at 1/2 the cost of the Boutique amps and with no reliability concerns of a vintage. I just couldn't pass it up. Fender hit a hime run.

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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Little Amp with Powerful Punch

                  By Todd Huss

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                  This amp is an all tube delight. It is great for home use and will probably be great for small gigs as well. Will be great mic'd up. The Clean Tones are AMAZING! I have an Ibanez TS9 and Fulltone OCD overdrive pedals among other effects. It plays very well with pedals. The amp is touch sensitive. I enjoy plugging straight into the amp without using pedals. I had a Blues Deluxe; awesome amp as well. Just not what I needed for home use. Traded the Blues Deluxe in and used the credit to put towards the 68 Custom Princeton Reverb. You may think this amp is pricey for a 12 watt tube amp. But you pay for what you get. I Love It! I don't ever see letting this little beauty go. I could ramble on and on about how impressed I am with this amp. But I'm going to stop for now. Did I mention I love this amp??

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